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Liability: The Legal Revolution and Its Consequences

Peter Huber, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute (Basic Books, 1988)

One of the first books to explain the recent transformation of American liability law and the litigation explosion it unleashed, Huberís Liability shows how the dramatic increase in liability lawsuits has undermined the very principles that brought it about in the first place. Huber shows how safety, which the new tort law was designed to enhance, has suffered as it has become increasingly dangerous, from a legal perspective, to market a new drug, practice gynecology, or operate an ambulance service or town dump. Insurance coverage has either declined or disappeared in some areas or become prohibitively expensive. Worst of all, the new tort law, while broadening the right to sue, has undercut the right of free choice by individuals and governments. Huber calls for a return to contract law and concludes his masterful book by showing how we can reconcile the generous impulses of an affluent society with the time-tested legal instruments of cooperation, contract and consent outside of the courts. [ed. 5/1/2004]

Products Liability



Published by the Manhattan Institute

The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.